Siegfried & Roy at Hofbrauhaus Las Vegas
Friday 12 September, 2014

Beer Here: Las Vegas Hosts Unprecedented Series of Beer Fests This Season

You don’t need to check Google Analytics to know that beer has been blowing up all across the US over the last several years–and like any trend, Vegas may be late for the party but it makes up in extreme enthusiasm. In addition to several spots with impressive beer selections up and down the Strip–as […]

Salvatore and Giada DeLaurentiis at Bound by Salvatore Calabrese at the Cromwell Las Vegas
Friday 06 June, 2014

VIDEO: Salvatore Calabrese on Why The Negroni Is The Perfect Cocktail

Before Negroni Week ended, I wanted to post this interview with “The Maestro,” legendary bartender and mixologist Salvatore Calabrese, on why the Negroni is–like so many bartenders–his favorite cocktail…and so many other interesting topics. I reacquainted myself with Salvatore a few weeks ago at the opening of his new bar in Las Vegas, Bound by […]

Saturday 05 April, 2014

UNLVino Hits 40: What To Expect

Las Vegas has no shortage of wine and food fundraiser events, but next week sees the return of the oldest continuous one, UNLVino, now celebrating its incredible 40th year (Imagine how much it’s improved since 1974. They probably even have more than one Chardonnay!) With four nights of varied events, UNLVino is clearly “bigger and […]

Sunday 16 March, 2014

Do St. Patrick’s Day Right: Try A New Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey

I’ve been waiting for the right time (read: procrastinating) to post about a recent Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey tasting I got to sit in on with Mr. Brian Nation, Master Distiller of the New Midleton Distillery a few weeks back during the impressive Golden State of Cocktails event in Los Angeles–and if St. Patrick’s […]

Monday 10 February, 2014

Woo Your Valentine With Hope Family Treana, Troublemaker

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, Hope Family Wines sent out a quirky promotion to lucky little journobloggers like me: a bottle each of their most recent versions of Troublemaker red and Treana white with pairing ingredients to inspire a romantic meal, perhaps. For the red, came two fresh artisanal Swiss sausages (to make the […]

Thursday 06 February, 2014

Did Xania Really Stiff A Bartender? UPDATED

Wow. Talk about a ruckus in a rocks glass. About three days ago, Xania Woodman, a Las Vegas-based cocktail journalist (who happens to be a friend and colleague) posted a pic on her facebook page of a bar receipt, the location and name blacked out, on which she wrote in the tip space “Don’t shake […]

Planters Punch By Marcos Tello
Friday 24 January, 2014

In The Doldrums of Winter? What Better Time to Talk Tiki!

We are in the depths of a Winter that has really been hitting hard, especially for my friends in the Midwest and East Coast. So what better time to talk about… Tiki drinks!? Well, yes, actually. The culture of Tiki is all about aspiring to tropical Polynesia (a fantasy one, at that)—not actually being there. […]